Friday, March 15, 2019

Mid month check in: it’s UGLY


I can hardly believe that we are midway through the month of March!  How crazy is that?  Time is just flying!   I am so happy to see spring arrive!  I get tired of the dark cold of winter!   So I figured that this week for my Friday post I will touch base on all that has happened in the month of March thus far  and see what I have been doing in terms of healthy living.

Before we go any further, let me say that I am in complete despair!  A few days ago I mentioned my knee hurting.  It was really bad last Friday and while I have had moments of if feeling ‘ok’, I have also had moments of constant horrible pain with it.   I know arthritis.  I know that I have two things that I need to do with all due haste.  I know that I need to lose weight!  I need to do this sooner rather than later.  I also know that I need to exercise.  It sounds counterintuitive to exercise and use the painful knee, but I KNOW that exercise will help in the long run.   I have taken some healthy steps toward those two things in the last few days, and I AM proud of myself.  HOWEVER, yesterday morning I was in the car on the way to work.  (Why do I have these deep thoughts in the car during my commute…..the other week it was during my commute and listening to Pink ..ohhh my, I was listening to Pink again today…maybe it’s not the commute, but rather the music of Pink!  I know I used to say that I had better runs when I listened to her music while running….maybe….)  I was driving and rubbing my aching knee and I had the most despairing fearful thought.  What if?  What if I had dodged the bullet with my arthritic knees the last time by losing the weight.  But what if that was only a one time ‘pass’.  What if the damage this time was permament?  What if losing weight would not fix the problem?  What if exercise had no bearing on managing the pain?   What if I was destined to live a life of pain in my knee for the rest of my life.   How would I survive that?   Was it too late?  How many free passes does one get in their life for something like this?   (And let me be clear….when I lost the weight it didn’t go away….it was just greatly reduced and quite a bit more manageable.)  By all things that are holy, these thoughts scared the living daylights out of me.  I’m NOT giving up!  I am going to try to fix this as soon as possible to try to minimize any long term damage that is currently happening.  I am going to push forward with the assumption that my efforts WILL be the change needed to get back to a more manageable level of arthritis.  I’ve got this!


So March.  In terms of my health it certainly came in like a lion!  I had set some monthly goals for myself for the month of March.

They are as follows:

1.        Track every bite of food

2.       Put money into the savings

3.       Weigh less 

4.       Do something active three times a week

5.       Keep my calories within my caloric range at least 6 days a week

6.       5000 steps a day.

A few days ago I sat down with my stats and I was APPALLED at my efforts for the month.  I’m telling you, the month came in like a Lion (now I just need to make it go out like a lamb).   I have always been brutally honest so here it is…the good (better look hard to find that), the bad (lots of that to see) and the ugly (oh yeah, it’s ugly).

1.        Tracking my food each and every day.  I THOUGHT that I had done this spectacularly.  But when I went to input my information onto my day planner (One place for all my information, so I transcribe the info from my various apps)  I found that on march 5 I failed to track anything at all.  I figured this out on Tuesday….a week later.  There was no way I remembered what I had eaten on Tuesday, so that is a total loss!    On the good side, I DID track every other day!

2.       Money into savings.  Ding ding ding.  I did this!

3.       Weigh less.  Uhhhh not happening.  I have fluctuated and have been most of the time at the high end of the three pounds over my beginning of the month weight.  (It is starting to drop this week as I have really buckled down)

4.       Do something active.  My first 9 days of the month I did NOTHING!   I have done better this past week! (The fear about my knee spurred me forward.)

5.       Keep my calories within my caloric range at least 6 days a week.  In the first 9 days of the month, I was within my goal range only 3 times (maybe 4 since I didn’t track…but I better just say 3 times).  So a colossal failure!  That should have been 7 or 8 days of being within goal! (Once again this week I was scared...and I’ve been MUCH better)

6.       5000 steps a day.  Yup…I was failing this one too.  However, I have managed to pull it back around this last week with my evening walks with Jason.

As you can see.  The first week and a half was HORRIBLE!   The arthritis scare has brought about some changes!   The weather changing has brought about some of those changes!   (It’s easier to get out and walk /ride my bike when the weather is pleasant!).  I even got a lunch time walk in at work this week!!! 

So there you have it, my first half of March.  I told you it was ugly!   But I am slowly turning the ship around!   It is amazing how the fear of a life spent in arthritic pain really does make one see things differently.  And while the fear and despair about not being able to turn the tide on the arthritis is very real and very present, maybe I needed to think about the fact that I am SOON going to be out of free passes to abuse my body.  Eventually the damage will be non-manageable.    So if I can get it back under control again, I need to really focus on more chances taken with my body!




Sarah said...

I love your mid-month goal check. You still have time to make some progress this month.

Nothing like a little fear to get you going.

*Stained Glass Butterfly* said...

I grew up watching my grandmother and then my mother struggle with arthritis pain, so when mine started, I knew it was time to get in shape or deal with the same pain. I know I won't be able to avoid it, since I inherited it, but I want to make it as manageable as possible. Losing the weight that I have lost so far has helped a lot. I am no doctor but don't believe that you only had one chance to relieve your knee pain. It's definitely worth losing some weight and seeing how that helps.

Wendy said...

The knee sounds rough, I sure hope that starts healing. Pain has a bigger effect on us than we sometimes realize.

jesseybell said...

It has been an ugly 15 days - here is to having a MUCH better second half of the month!

Scooter Hussy said...

Good for you for taking inventory and refocusing. Can your doctor do anything to help with your knee? It's hard to get ANYthing done with chronic pain happening.

Shelley said...

It's never too late to turn the ship around, and I bet you will rock the second half of this month!

TheAgonyOfBeingFat said...

I often wonder that too. How many free passes do we get before they are all used up?

I'm sure your knee pain will reduce with diet and exercise!

I've been thinking about adding financial goals to my blog too. Discipline!

MaryFran said...

Fear has definitely done the trick!!

MaryFran said...

Here is to both of us being able to manage this dreaded and horrible thing called arthritis!!!

MaryFran said...

We can both do this!!!!!’ We are capable and smart women! We both want it...let’s focus on the end goal and do it!!!

MaryFran said...

I have in the past been prescribed meds for the pain...I hesitate to take meds though...I don’t like the side affects. Luckily I have a decently high tolerance for pain and just push myself through it!

MaryFran said...

Thanks!!!! I’m definitely going to try!!!

MaryFran said...

Yes, I would say to definitely talk about the financial also. When I first started this blog I only talked about food and exercise. But I have learned that other aspects of my life play a roll. My ex marriage for one...I didn’t talk about it but it definitely played a huge roll. My finances did (stress over them). My work, my relationships. Everything! It’s all interconnected!!!

mxtodis123 said...

Oh gosh, that nasty 'A' word, arthritis. So sorry. I've been dealing with it in my back. My best advice would be to keep moving as much as possible. Find some arthritis exercises online and work along with them.

jen said...

Arthritis is nasty...I KNOW you can push through this and come out winning.

You got this !!